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Collected stories : a play
Margulies, Donald.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 1998.
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85 pages ; 21 cm
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PS3563.A653 C65 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"As usual, Margulies holds the rich ore of his material up to the light so that it sends beams in every direction. Changing styles in feminist thought, the tangled connections between creativity and ideology, the writer's odd place in our money-centered world, the way we turn our friends into surrogate families--while always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew." -Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"Beautifully layered. Margulies delivers a spot-on glimpse of New York's literary scene: the power of a Times book review, or the milestone of the 92nd Y's authors series, or the significance of a little-known but much-revered lit mag like the now-defunct Grand Street. He's even better at teasing the sense of betrayal that can dissolve creative friendships...the ethics of friendship and fiction smack into each other." -Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"[ Collected Stories ] digs into its engaging tale of aesthetics and ethics with intelligence and sharp, literate humor....Mr. Margulies has found fertile material in the struggles of the creative classes to reconcile the demands of ambition with the exigencies of life." - New York Times

"This provocative piece of theater serves as a timely reminder that we are defined by our feelings and memories -- and such precious thoughts are sacred." -Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Collected Stories explores the vexed emotional and legal question of a writer's right to create art from the biographical material of another person's life-particularly when that other person is also a writer. Meditating upon the recent, real-life conflict between poet Stephen Spender and novelist David Leavitt, Margulies has created two of the most vivid and moving fictional characters of his career: Ruth Steiner, an aging, highly regarded author who never wrote about her youthful affair with real-life poet Delmore Schwartz, and Lisa Morrison, a student of Steiner's who, after publishing a much-ballyhooed first short-story collection under Steiner's direction, follows up with a novel that draws upon the Schwartz affair. The result is charged drama with the depth and weight of the finest prose fiction. Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best New Play.

Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends . The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world. In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance , his many plays include Collected Stories , The Country House, Sight Unseen , The Model Apartment , The Loman Family Picnic , What's Wrong with This Picture? and Time Stands Still . Mr. Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.

Author Notes

Donald Margulies's other plays include "Collected Stories", "The Loman Family Picnic", "Sight Unseen" and "Dinner with Friends", for which he was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Booklist Review

Margulies' best-known play, Sight Unseen, is a moody, intelligent meditation on modern art and the creative process. In his new play, he returns to those themes, this time focusing on two writers--one just starting out, the other a grizzled old veteran--and the relationship that blossoms between them as the older mentors her student, shepherding her toward the first glimmers of success and acclaim. Beautiful, heartfelt, tightly written, the play never resorts to easy cliche s or cinematic notions of what it is to be a writer: there are no great scenes of agonized genius at work--or at play. Instead, Margulies shows us, in six sharp, clear-eyed scenes, set in each of six years in his characters' lives, the everyday moments that make up two lives, the small disappointments and smaller triumphs, the white lies and seemingly minor betrayals that mark a relationship. And it all makes fascinating reading. Once started, the 85-page play is hard to put down. --Jack Helbig